Monday, January 6, 2014

Razer Edge pro review

The Razer Edge pro is gaming tablet with killer instincts and  powerful specs to accompany its plastic body that looks similar to many other Razer notebooks with none other tablet standing close to in terms of quality ,specs and features which this tablet promises to offer its users.
The Razer Edge pro is gaming tablet with killer instincts and  powerful specs


The Razer Edge pro features a aesthetic design with a solid grip to hold it from any side which will prevent it from inevitable drop on floor.
It weights 926 grams which roughly comes out to be double to the weight of ipad 4 and its thickness is also double at 20 mm .
Although it's made of plastic rather than aluminum, the rear panel of the tablet sports a design like the lid of the Razer Blade notebook. But a plastic chassis doesn't make it look beak old tablet ,rather gives it a classic looks . We also found the green, glowing Razer insignia mesmerizing on its back panel make it look awesome.
A rear-facing camera is Not their for images and videos.
The 10.1-inch 1366 x 768p IPS glossy display is surrounded by an thick 1-inch black bezel. ABove the screen a 2-MP camera is centered along with a black physical home button on the bottom.
There's a USB 3.0 port, an audio jack and a volume rocker along the top right corner of the tablet for easy connectivity. The top left corner of the Edge Pro holds buttons for power, auto-rotation and the keyboard. The charging port sits at the bottom of the tablet along with docking slots and a pair of speakers.

Razer has tried to put a lot of high-powered specs into the Edge Pro which has resulted in giving this the weight of  2.2-lbs and 10.9 x 7.0 x 0.76-inch in size making it a bit heavy when compared to windows 8 tablets . 
By comparison, the Microsoft Surface Pro and Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700t, both of which have larger 11.6-inch displays than edge pro, weigh about 2 lbs. and measure 10.8 x 6.8 x 0.53 inches and 11.9 x 7.46 x 0.47 inches, respectively.


The configuration of Razer edge pro varies according to the price ,razer offer different features and hardware for different prices

so lets take a look at various variants of the  razer edge pro

The $999 Razer Edge pro base model has a 1.7-GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, Intel HD 4000 Graphics and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE GPU with 2GB of VRAM.

The $1,299 device that offers a 1.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3517U CPU with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, Intel HD 4000 Graphics and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE GPU with 2GB of VRAM.

The most extreme model of  Razer Edge Pro at a price point of  $1,449, features a 1.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3517U CPU with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel HD 4000 Graphics card and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE GPU with 2GB of VRAM. 

so you can choose the right model according to your needs for powerful gaming specs and your budget and buy from link given below from amazon to get great discounts on this awesome gaming console


The Edge's 2.0 mp HD webcam captures stills and video in 1920 x 1200 resolution to give high quality videos and images. we found that The camera was sharp enough to capture the fading images in the sunset .

Battery Life

Now we shall discuss the battery life of the Razer edge pro.

It's battery lasts for nearly 3-4.5 hours on an average use ,but you don't need to worry if you are in the middle of the game when low battery appears as it's game pad which is attached to it for playing games gives you an extra boast in battery life by adding some more power as it accompanies extended battery pack at its back panel,for which the company says that it should add an additional 8 hours of juice but on an average it gives nearly 6.30 hours. 

However, while playing "BioShock Infinite," the Edge gave out after 1 hour and 10 minutes without the additional battery .


The Razer Edge Pro's offers a  1366 x 768p IPS display, which supports 5-finger touch, provided vivid color giving us sharp details. However, it would have been nice to see a 1080p screen, as its competitors the Surface Pro and the Samsung ATIV Pro 700t offers full hd displays. 

Our first glimpse of "BioShock Infinite" revealed clear blue skies and neatly manicured gardens giving us good contrast and vived details with its great display. Characters were detailed enough to show us the char on some unfortunate guards that we hit with the Devil's Kiss Vigor.

On the 1080p trailer of "The Iron man " the screen performed well However, we noticed some pixelation during darker scenes in the trailer. altogether the tablet gave us solid viewing angles, but the glossy display proved distracting at times.

edge pro display was at 390 lux, which is brighter than the 371 tablet-average and the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700t's score of 329 lux. 
The Microsoft Surface Pro's display was slightly brighter at 394 Lux when compared to edge pro display.

The contrast Ratio of various tablets in comparison with Razer edge pro is given below
contrast Ratio of various tablets in comparison with Razer edge pro


Razer Edge Pro's bottom-mounted speakers delivered loud and clear audioThe Razer Edge Pro's bottom-mounted speakers delivered loud and clear audio with the help of the Dolby Home Theater v4 software its features by default in its software pack. Booker DeWitt's speaking parts during "BioShock Infinite" lacked some of the gritty gravitas we heard on notebooks such as the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 and Microsoft surface Pro. However, smaller details, such as the sharp click of Elizabeth's shoes across the marble flooring were almost clear and crisp.

While watching action movies like wolverine the audio was clear and gave us good sound quality throughout,though sometimes minute details were missing but overall it was Fine.


Razer Launcher

Razer's pre-loaded software attempts to deliver a console experience like that of Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Set against a green background , the Launcher displays recently played games along with icons of available programs along with the settings customization menu. We were able to add games and programs using the + icon in the Launcher navigation bar. Here, gamers can also boost the Edge's performance in the Settings menu with different details and options along with this they can update their Razer profiles and create shortcuts for their favorite games.

We had no problems in navigating the simple, but clean Launcher UI with the gamepad. However, there were some unexpected pop-ups from its software, and there were a few instances when Launcher quit unexpectedly.


So you've picked your accessories, configured your settings with Razer's launcher and convinced yourself you're too tough to suffer from tablet-arm fatigue. That leaves just one question: what can you actually play on this awesome device? the answer is you have lot of choices to go along until you get tired and suffers fatigue in your body and eyes.

 Razer's top specs Edge Pro model as we have already discussed ,it features a 1.9GHz (3GHz with Turbo boost) Intel Core i7-3517U processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU. 

In game, that translated to playable frame rates at medium to high settings, at least for most titles. The two exceptions weren't at all surprising: for both Crysis 3 and the The Witcher 2 have reputations for pushing hardware to its limits, and neither ran particularly great on the Edge.

At the tablet's native 1,366 x 768 resolution, these games were out 25 fps frame rate, failing to maintain an average above 30 until they were scaled down to 1,280 x 600. Crysis 3 bore the resolution hit well enough, but the loss of fidelity turned The Witcher 2 into unwanted mess. The rest of our library games gave us really better scores , The Skyrim and Black Ops II each bounced between 30 and 60 fps on high settings, depending on how much action on screen, also Battlefield 3 and Far Cry 3 managed respectable frame rates on medium settings. 

Dishonored scored a firm 60 fps on high, and Team Fortress 2 averaged 65, regularly pushing 100 fps in enclosed spaces and was good on all the setting configurations.
The Edge struggled with a few high-end games, but mostly it played every game we tried to play on it smoothly with reasonable adjustment and settings.

some of the bench marks of the Razer edge pro are given below along with the comparison test with its rivals from other tech giants ,do take a look at its bench marks ans what other tablets has to offer right below:
Razer Edge Pro (1.9GHz Core i7-3517U, NVIDIA GT640M LE 2GB)
E2507 / P1576
409 MB/s (reads); 496 MB/s (writes)
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5(1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, NVIDIA GeForce GT640M LE 1GB)
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3(1.7GHz Intel Core i7 2637M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 1GB)
Dell XPS 12 (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)
516 MB/s (reads); 263 MB/s (writes)
Acer Iconia W700 (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)
E518 / P506
542 MB/s (reads); 524 MB/s (writes)
Microsoft Surface Pro (1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, Intel HD 4000)
E1,019 / P552
526 MB/s (reads); 201 MB/s (writes)


Before the edge was formally made i.e when the Edge Pro was Project Fiona, the tablet had two large handlebar controllers permanently mounted on either side of it for game play. Razer made the wise decision to turn this setup into an optional, removable peripheral. Now the  optional gamepad is priced at $249, along with the pricey 999$ tablet
razer edge pro gamepad
The pad consists of two cylindrical controllers bolted to a shell, large enough to accommodate the Edge Pro on either side of its chassis. The gamepad has cutouts for the tablet's vents, USB 3.0 and headphone jack to put keep to ports connected while it is joint. it also has buttons for volume, power, keyboard and auto-rotate. A charging port and a pair of docking tines sit at the bottom of the dock and are part of a larger locking mechanism that deploys via a pair of latches. 

The pad also houses the tablet's extended battery, which Razer claims will add 8 hours of battery life to the Edge Pro,but while running the test it gives out nearly 5-6 hours of game play with most of the games.
The Pro splits the traditional Xbox controller in to 2 parts setup between the handlebars on either sides. The left stick holds the D-pad, a back button, left trigger and bumpers for L1 and L2. The face and select buttons sit on the right handlebar along with a right trigger and R1 and R2 buttons. Each controller has its own analog stick, with the left controlling movement and the right adjusting the on screen in game camera.
The D-pad and face buttons are well spaced, but a bit on the small side. They're also mushier than we would prefer, considering how buttons tend to lose their springiness over time. The bumpers and the rear triggers, however, delivered firm feedback.
When it came to actual gameplay, the pad held up to our fast button mashing for playing most of the games . One of the pain disappointment was that the analog sticks were slightly looser for our game play. This made it somewhat difficult to inline up shots in "BioShock Infinite."

The gamepad/tablet combo is strictly a lap affair. Weighing a combined 4.2 lbs., we could only hold the tablet at face level for 3 to 4 minutes at a time before our arms got tired and we put it to some support for playing.


great accessories and a dedicated GPU make the Razer Edge an high end PC gaming tablet, but weak battery life and usability hiccups leave us inclined to wait for a second-gen model which would be coming very soon as said by razer eliminating all these problems and with more features.
razer edge pro verdict
For now Razer edge pro  can get away with featuring itself as the world's most powerful tablet. The company's tries  to claim a mobile and home gaming console, however, falls flat. With only two hours of usable battery life in a best-case scenario without the game pad.

Gamers looking for the perfect Gamebox will likely want to wait for something a bit smoother, but PC enthusiasts looking for a well-built and portable toy will find the Edge an enjoyable, if expensive, distraction. As for us? We're hoping Razer takes the tablet down the same road as its Blade line of laptops: regular updates with significant price and spec improvements. Here's to the next generation of Windows 8 gaming tablets.
FOR now until it gets an price cut, the $1,449 Razer Edge Pro is indeed the most powerful tablet on the market, making it a compelling choice for gamers who wants mobility along with great performance. Razer managed to put an Intel Core i7-3517U CPU, 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640 LE GPU in a sexy, well designed frame. As a result, gamers get an absolute beast of a  portable gaming device. The optional Gamepad ($249) and docking station ($99) open up some very good modes of gameplay, but adds to the cost of an pricey device.

The Razer Edge Pro certainly has room for improvement in future line up models . 
We wish the controls on the Gamepad were a little sleek and strict, and a 1080p or 4k display would be nice for this price point . You'll also have to deal with very short battery life when playing games but ofcourse you could get yourself an Gamepad and portable charger for best gaming experience.
for people with great budget ,who lives to play hardcore games on their laps and hands with more portability than laptops ,this is the best option present right now to burst their hunger for a perfectly gaming friendly handheld device .

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